Maybe I should quit doing everything else, pop out more babies and spend all my time decorating their rooms because they often turn out to be my favorite rooms ever (well, not always … more on that later.) This room (while small and awkwardly shaped) is my happy place, and that almost-2-year old has my heart. Ready for the full reveal?? Me, too. Jump on in ….
The overall look and feel was highly inspired by this light pink tree mural. I wanted a pattern, but it had to be really soft and not busy since the space was awkward and small. My obsession with trees and nature reared its head again and when I found the pink version of her old green wallpaper I couldn’t NOT do it. I love it terribly. But I had some worries. 1. The fact that the walls have original plaster texture and, 2. That the ceilings are rounded. I kept thinking, would you see the texture underneath and where would the paper end?
Choosing a mural with a lot of movement and a pattern that softened towards the ceiling was key. If I had chose a bold stripe you may have seen the plaster underneath as it may have made those lines wiggly. Additionally I didn’t want to call attention to the stopping point on the ceiling, so having it go from this super cool-white paper into the white of the ceiling worked, rather than a pattern that stopped awkwardly. You can barely tell.
All the furniture is fairly affordable, it’s the mural and the curtains that were splurge-y.
The reading corner now has this perfectly scaled West Elm glider that is so beautiful. And I styled it out with simple soft grays and light blues. Accented with pig-tails. Make sure the skin tone of your child matches the wallpaper and color palette perfectly (and make sure your spray tan looks a lot darker on your body than your face because you don’t like your face to look tan. HA)
The window treatments are custom blackout curtains from Calico Curtains and my goodness they are so beautiful. We installed both sheers and lined linen because during certain times of the year the sun blasts in here and so I wanted her to be able to play without being in blackout curtains.
I’m going to do a full post on all the window treatments, but for now know that I LOVE that fringe, the pleating, the french hardware and how beautifully constructed they were. They are amazing. Thank you Calico 🙂
I bought that white cubby shelf a couple years ago from Wayfair and I still think the functionality of it is great. I recently read a parenting article (my weekend obsession) that said that kids need to be able to see their toys to play on their own and I’m starting to realize it’s true. We have a lot of hidden storage (trunks, cabinets), and that’s the problem – they forget about them, complain they are bored until I go and actually open the toy cabinet and pull out some bins.
Stay tuned for updates in the house about that, but I’m thinking that a play/craft room is in the works with open storage like this that they can easily see, access and clean up after themselves.
We kept all the furniture in her room white (except the glider), so it would blend in nicely with the wallpaper and not make the room feel even smaller. The bookcase, crib and changing dresser are all from Target and feel modern and yet classic. The beanbag is from Pillows by Elissa and its pattern is simple, modern and playful.
The round rug was KEY in this room and I struggled to find one big enough (7′) that didn’t look super cheap. The shape of the room is totally weird, with nary a right angle, making a rectangle or square rug impossible, especially if you wanted to be able to open the bathroom or closet doors. Finally Armadillo and Co had one in a light beige, which layers really well with all the whites happening. I knew that an all-white rug would be a problem, but it’s more forgiving than I originally thought. We layered that super thick amazing Article sheepskin pelt on top and man is it cozy.
Below you can see how the bedroom transitions into the new bathroom, and how their wallpapers work together. The paper in the bathroom is a farm scene toile from Farrow and Ball, and scale wise it’s much smaller than the tree mural, but tonally it works so well. I love sitting in Birdie’s room, seeing that paper through the door.
She is a lucky, lucky girl. And I’m clearly her lucky mama who’s job it is to design these rooms. All the hearts in the world for this little lady.
Well, if you are into this room and want something similar for your lucky child, hopefully I’ve taken away a lot of the hard work sourcing everything. Feel free to copy it if you are into it. 😉
1. Wallpaper | 2. Crown Pillow | 3. Circle Pillow (similar) | 4. Ceiling Light | 5. Pink Pillow | 6. Curtain (Library Brush Fringe in Pale Blush) | 7. Chair | 8. Pouf | 9. Tutu (similar) | 10. Dollhouse | 11. Ladder (similar) | 12. Throw | 13. Rug | 14. Rocking Horse | 15. Light Box | 16. Changing Dresser | 17. Swan | 18. Lamp (similar) | 19. Toy Storage Bin | 20. Unicorn | 21. Elephant Storage Bin | 22. Lounge Pillow | 23. Sheepskin | 24. Wood Stool | 25. Painting | 26. Llama Lamp | 27. Water Wood Blocks | 28. Flamingo | 29. Bear | 30. Abacus | 31. Bookshelf | 32. Crib | 33. Blanket (similar) | 34. Pink Stool | 35. Crib Sheet
Just in case you missed the previous posts about Elliot’s nursery be sure to check out: Elliot’s Nursery Update, Most Comfortable Chair Ever, A Roundup (For Elliot’s Room), New Spring Target Collection, Our New Jack and Jill Bathroom Plan
P.S. Style blogging can feel inane at times when there seems to be so much badness happening. We can and will always offer some visual and mental escapism as that is our specific job, but please know that myself, my family and my team are not unaware or in denial of the sadness happening right now in the world. If you were into escaping today, hopefully a light pink forest covered room of the luckiest 2 year old on the planet helped…. We are brainstorming other non-escapist ways to deal and more importantly how to help … 🙂
***Photos by Tessa Neustadt